Its a bit different, Christmas in Oz. Instead of nice
seventy degrees days, with a bit of a chill in the air
come evening time, we have long hot muggy summer days,
and thunder showers at night. They don't go quite as
over the top with the commercialism here, but its
still all around. Decorations, piped in carols, Santa
Claus. I used to get angry about the whole thing.
Now I am a bit softer, the truth is, I love giving
presents, and if I am honest I love getting them as
well. A few years ago I made the connection, on this
day we are celebrating God's ultimate present to us.
Maybe its an excuse so I can enjoy myself, and I am
okay with that.
This year I am planning our Christmas eve service here
in Melbourne. I have done this most Christmas eve's
for the last ten years. For me it is a special time.
A time to reflect on God becoming flesh. A time to
reflect on Jesus humility, and love. And to reflect
on my response to this amazing act.
I allow myself to hear the Father ask the same
question of me, that was asked of the Son, "will you
go, leave all behind, and live with them, be one of
them, suffer along side of them, and share with them
my love?" It is a hard question. One that I often
don't answer in the way I would like.
Sometimes it is a big deal, a major thing. The last
few years I have been asked will you move your family
to another country, sell most of your belongings, and
start a new life? Thats a big one. Funny, but the
big ones seem easier to answer correctly. They seem
somehow much more significant, much more important.
Of course Lord, I will go serve you in another
country. But God, is also a God of little things.
Lately I have heard these questions:
Will you leave the comfort and fun of the computer, to
make your daughters breakfast, pack their lunch, and
spend some time in the bible and in prayer with them
Will you leave your important spot as conference
speaker, to help in the kitchen with the dishes?
Will spend a train ride talking to a drunken man
grieving over his fathers death?
Will you stay home from Jiu Jitsu to care for your
sick wife, or to spend some time with your daughters?
Will you get our of your comfortable bed, and spend
some time with Me?
Its these little questions that seem so much harder to
me. I wish I could tell you all that I jumped up and
said of course I will Father, but sadly I have refused
more than I care to admit. But God asks. Will you be
Jesus today? The world really needs a few more.
So this Christmas season, I hear God asking, will you
be my gift to the world today? And I feel selfish, I
feel rebellious, I feel tired. "but I was God's gift
to the world yesterday" :) I say to my Father. But
he keeps nudging me. I hope I can do better this
Do you hear God talking? He was thinking about what
to get your neighborhood for Christmas, and the best
idea He could come up with...
Please pray for our health, nothing to serious just
seem to be getting colds, flu's and very bad allergies
more frequently than is normal.
Also please pray for the growth of our little church
in Footscray, pray that we will be more and more able
to be a blessing to those more unfortunate ones in our
Please pray for our finances to become more secure, we
are still quite a bit under budget
If you would like support us in our work here in
Australia you can send a check or money order please
make it out to
and send it to:
883 Woodside Ln E. #3
Sacramento, CA 95825
If you are in Australia, and would like to contribute
please email me your address and I will send you our
ministry donor forms.
thanks again and may God bless you this Christmas
the Jensen family